Happy New Year! I hope your year is off to a good start. Bright and early on New Year’s Day, I knew that I was ready to go thrifting for home décor. I’ve been shopping at thrift stores for ages because it’s an excellent way to find high-quality and exciting items at incredible prices. It also satisfies my love for found objects when I can’t travel, which is harder to do these days for obvious reasons. If you are interested in learning more about how I started thrifting (e.g., attending garage and estate sales) and why I love it, you can read about that here.
On Sunday the 2nd, I went to the Goodwill that’s not too far from where I live in Miami Beach. I love this location because of its proximity to me and because it consistently delivers. In fact, I would say that I have a 60–70% chance of finding something amazing every time I go there!
I love to entertain and create beautiful tablescapes, so I am always looking for unique items to use during dinner parties or smaller get-togethers. On this particular trip, I found some beautiful pieces, including one whose purpose I’m still not sure about.
The first item is this beautiful pair of brass candleholders. I love brass, and these handles caught my attention immediately. I used the Pinterest picture search feature (a fantastic tool by the way) to see if I could find any information about them. There wasn’t any information about this exact pair, but the app found similar candleholders priced in the $28–$48 range. I got this pair for $5.
The next item is this charming wooden serving tray. I am obsessed with charcuterie boards, and when I saw this, I knew I had to have it. Much to my delight, it was only $5 and in good condition. After giving this board a good cleaning to disinfect it, it will be lovely to use.
Next, I didn’t know what this was at first. Using the Pinterest app again, I learned that it’s a vintage sugar scuttle, and according to the label at the bottom, it’s tarnish-protected crown gold made in Japan. I believe these usually come with a small spoon to scoop the sugar, but this one didn’t have it. Online, these are selling in the $11–$19 range, but I got mine for $3.
Last, but certainly not least, is the unknown item. Even though I’m not sure what it is, I just had to have it. Since it was only $10, my first thought was to buy it now and figure out what it is later. Pinterest did not find an exact match, and the items that pop up are not it. As you can see, it’s hollow on the inside. It’s also heavy, and there are so many intricate details. It’s giving me either ancient civilization vibes or Moroccan…I have no clue. If you know what this is, please comment below.
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